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The Failure of Term Limits in Florida$
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Kathryn A. DePalo

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060484

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060484.001.0001

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A Different Breed of Florida Legislators

A Different Breed of Florida Legislators

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The Failure of Term Limits in Florida

Kathryn A. DePalo

University Press of Florida

Chapter three presents data on the demographics of the legislature in a post-term limits environment. Term limits have not dramatically increased the number of women and minorities elected to office as proponents envisioned. There are certainly more women and minority legislators in 2010 than twenty years earlier, but term limits is shown to have little to do with those increases. Term limits removes existing women and minority legislators who must not only be replaced by other women and minorities, but also increase their numbers in the ranks which has proved to be difficult at best. Age seems to be the only significant factor with term limits benefiting the youngest and oldest cohorts—those either beginning their career or those who retire and enter politics.

Keywords:   demographics, women, minorities, term limits

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